The Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge


Two Sessions: Friday, September 8, 1:30-3:30 PM; Friday, September 15, 2-4 PM


First Session: The Reserve, Theater Room

Second Session: Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge near Prairie City. Participants should plan their own transportation to the Refuge. School bus transportation will be provided at the Refuge for touring.

Cost: $32

Class Limit: 25


Explore the restoration and management of a prairie ecosystem. The first session will present a basic understanding of a tallgrass prairie: geologic and natural history, current status, challenges of maintaining it, and the field work and community-based resources needed to meet those challenges. In the second session students will have a two-hour in-depth tour of the Refuge with US Fish and Wildlife staff as guides.


Instructor Steve Riggio, a retired research scientist and manufacturing executive, is an adjunct professor of chemistry at Grand View University. He has worked with the US Fish and Wildlife Service at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia as well as at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Steve holds a PhD in biochemistry from Johns Hopkins University.



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